(“I asked of Destiny...”)

By Rabindranath Tagore 1861–1941 Rabindranath Tagore

I asked of Destiny, “Tell me who with relentless hand pushes me on?”
Destiny told me to look behind.
I turned and saw my own self behind pushing forward the self in front.

Source: Poetry (June 1913).


This poem originally appeared in the June 1913 issue of Poetry magazine

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June 1913
 Rabindranath  Tagore


A native of Calcutta, India, who wrote in Bengali and often translated his own work into English, Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 — the first Asian to receive the honor. He wrote poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and songs; promoted reforms in education, aesthetics and religion; and in his late sixties he even turned to the visual arts, producing 2,500 paintings and drawings before his death.

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